More than 1 million people in Washington are registered to participate in Today’s Great Washington Shakeout Earthquake Drill.

The drill is part of a worldwide campaign to practice "drop, cover and hold" at 10:16 a.m.

Jim Hall is Director of the Yakima Office of Emergency Management who says more than 5,000 people will be participating in Yakima County to prepare for an earthquake.

We have little ones on this side of the state and could have a big earthquake at any time. So what we want to do is have people be prepared or understand what to do in case they get caught in an earthquake.

Last year about 860,000 people at schools, businesses and organizations were registered to take part in the excercise.

Washington is hit by hundreds of earthquakes a year. Most are too small to be felt. but, experts say the "big one" could hit at any time with devastating injuries and damage.

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